Blood on the Stone - Book Review - Why Words Work

Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch – Book Review

BLURB King Charles II brings the English parliament to Oxford, amid sectarian hysteria over a so-called ‘Popish Plot’ against the throne.  William Harbord, an MP and leader of an extremist Protestant group, the Green Ribbon Club, is found stabbed to death. Luke Sandys, Chief Officer of Bailiffs, must investigate, with his trusty deputy, Robshaw. To identify the killer, he has to rely as much on … Continue reading Blood on the Stone by Jake Lynch – Book Review

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I don’t want to be a writer anymore…

…APRIL FOOLS! Sorry! I couldn’t resist. There are so many others getting in the April Fools spirit that I just had to jump in. With that said, a lot has happened in my life lately. Enough to make me put my writing life temporarily on the back-burner. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have recently moved out of my childhood … Continue reading I don’t want to be a writer anymore…

Top 10 Songs to help you write that brutal fight scene - Why Words Work

Top 10 Songs to Help You Write That Brutal Fight Scene

There comes a time in many writers’ lives where they come across a difficult scene. Maybe the climactic romance scene is not living up to the hype you created. Maybe you’re writing outside of your own experience and getting stuck on how to handle a certain scene. For me, however, I have trouble writing fight scenes. I can see it in my head, but getting it down on paper is a problem, no matter how much research I put into combat techniques. Luckily, my younger self was really into edgy hard rock tunes and cool soundtracks. Continue reading Top 10 Songs to Help You Write That Brutal Fight Scene

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Writing Confessions: Things I Learn From People Watching

People are fascinating creatures. And just like any fascinating creature, the most curious of us cannot help but watch. Every writer I know has something voyeuristic deep inside. Not in a creepy way…At least, I hope it isn’t in a creepy way. To me, it’s more like a childish sense of wonder about people. How they think. What they do. Where they come from and … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Things I Learn From People Watching

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Writing Confessions: Create, Maintain, Destroy

Write. Edit. Submit. For the last few days I have repeated this mantra under my breath like a child counting down the days to Christmas. I sit in the comfy leather chair in my dad’s study, twiddling a pen between my thumb and forefinger, eyes locked on the flickering wick of a scented candle. The door is closed. My family is out of the house … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Create, Maintain, Destroy

I’ve entered Book Blogger of the Year – Help me!

WHAT IS BOOK BLOGGER OF THE YEAR? This is the second time the London Book Fair has hosted the Book Blogger Awards. These awards, which also include Booktubers, Bookstagrammers and Book Podcasts, celebrate social media influencers across the book world. I was lucky enough to attend the first Book Blogger of the Year ceremony, which took place last April. Seeing so many book bloggers gathered … Continue reading I’ve entered Book Blogger of the Year – Help me!

Top 5 APPS To help you Organise your Writing - Why Words Work

Top 5 Apps to Help You Organise Your Writing

Are you the type to carry around a notebook, fully prepared for inspiration to strike, only to find you can’t find that diamond inside pages of gems? Or maybe you’re a scribbler; napkins, scraps of paper and even airplane sick bags cannot escape your pen when your muse appears. I personally am more of the latter but in digital form; I type up ideas in the Notes app on my phone, in random Word documents and in random files on my Dropbox. Luckily, there are plenty of apps out there to help us organise our ideas the way we want to. Continue reading Top 5 Apps to Help You Organise Your Writing

Book Review - Less by Andrew Sean Greer - Why Words Work

Book Review: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less by Andrew Sean Greer has been a controversial book. Whether it’s Goodreads, Amazon, or Twitter flames wars, you will see people arguing whether or not this book should have won the Pulitzer Prize For some readers, the knowledge that this book had won such a prestigious award set certain expectations for it – many of which were not met. Continue reading Book Review: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

New Year's Resolutions - Why Words Work - Writing Confessions

Writing Confessions: New Year’s Resolutions

I went to a New Year’s party last night.

Even now, as I sit up in bed writing this at nine in the morning, I can still feel the scent of beer and pretzel salt lingering in my nose. While many choose to dive into the oncoming year with a helpful shove of booze, I decided to dance and sing my way into it surrounded by those I love. The sun is a red hot strip above the frosty rooftops and down in my back garden I can hear the twittering of the blackbirds on the grass.

The house is quiet. I don’t really want to get up. So instead, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Continue reading Writing Confessions: New Year’s Resolutions

Antonia Hodgson - Author Interview - Why Words Work - Thomas Hawkins

Author Interview: Antonia Hodgson and the Thomas Hawkins Series!

No. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing THE Antonia Hodgson! Antonia Hodgson is a bestselling historical crime author, best known for her Thomas Hawkins series. Alongside this, she is also a veteran in the publishing industry and a writer with a unique approach the the historical fiction genre. I have reviewed all of the books in her critically acclaimed … Continue reading Author Interview: Antonia Hodgson and the Thomas Hawkins Series!